What I like about ticketed restaurants is that everyone there has a genuine interest in the food and visionary behind it. In the case of JUMA Kitchen, that’s the charismatic Phillip Juma, the half-Iraqi chef determined to single-handedly swing public opinion on the war-torn country by way of its cuisine, which features exotic spices, mountains of lamb and […]
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It’s a tough old world out there, for pop-ups. New ones, er, pop up in London all the time, but only the strongest survive. The ones that do get to keep coming back, and – if they’re very lucky – take root somewhere. Ceru is a pop-up mid-way through its metamorphosis; after a successful stint […]
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It was James 1’s birthday this week, and in our flat we always go out for a posh meal to celebrate our ever-quickening slide into middle age. (I’m actually gathering a terrifying momentum; I bought a soup-maker the other day and have already blocked out all of Sunday to experiment. Curious London, indeed.)
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“Good afternoon,” said the voice, as I picked up the phone on Friday. “I’m just calling to confirm your reservation tonight.” “Yes, we’re still on for nine. Two of us.” “Very good. The password is ‘coconut’.” And so began our adventure into London’s weirdest and most wonderful watering hole.
Happy belated New Year! I hope your transition into 2015 was nice and smooth, or, at the very least, you didn’t throw up on anything expensive. James 1 and I had a last-minute get-together at our flat where I accidentally paused the Jools Holland live stream without noticing, subsequently missing the countdown and only realising […]
Emily Gibson / Dates, Do, Drink, Eat, Impulse Friendly, Indoors, Learn, Mates, Mums, Organised Fun, £££ / Belgravia, cocktails, dining out, eating, Japanese, masterclass, Peruvian, quirky, restaurant reviews, sushi, things to do, west London / 6 Comments
Sushi isn’t something I’d ever make myself. I have zero desire to spend the afternoon wrestling with slices of seafood before unleashing a savage and unholy terror on the digestive systems of my unsuspecting guests, so it’s something I’ve always left to the professionals. (Besides, we don’t have the knives for it. All ours are […]
Emily Gibson / Dates, Eat, Impulse Friendly, Indoors, Mates, ££ / barbecue, burgers, cheap eats, dining, dinner, eating out, lunch, Marylebone, restaurant reviews, restaurants, west London / 1 Comment
The trend for upmarket American BBQ is showing no sign of stopping, which suits me just fine. It’s delicious, meaty and generally inexpensive, although certainly not the choice for anyone even remotely health-conscious. Unfortunately, it can be hard to pick out the decent restaurants from London’s ever-sprawling meatscape, where lots of places concentrate more on […]
Every now and again I fall in love with a blonde person and get this mad urge to dye my hair. It disappears as soon as I realise that a) maintaining root-free blonde hair will cost me approximately £1,800/year and b) a bottle of bleach will not, sadly, make me look like Heidi Klum, Joanna […]
Five minutes’ walk to the west of Highbury & Islington station you’ll find Sunday on Hemingford Road, which – misleadingly – is actually not only open on Sundays. And, regardless of its founders’ woeful grasp of basic SEO principles, it makes the best pancakes I have ever had, anywhere. Brace yourselves; I’ve got photos.
Words cannot describe how excited we were to visit L’Atelier de Joel Rubuchon. We’d put on proper shoes, strapped ourselves in to our big girl pants and made a pact not to swear for at least two hours, or at least not loudly. For a brief while, we were going to be Ladies.